Robert Meachem was supposed to carry a little bit of the load after Vincent Jackson left. He was supposed to be the home run threat. He was supposed to at least catch the football against the Cleveland Browns when he was wide open. He has struggled in the San Diego Chargers offense. He has struggled to make any sort of impact.
He is usually the closest person to the ball on an incompletion or the closest person to an interception. He waits for the ball to come to him, instead of getting after the football. That style of play has not worked well with Philip Rivers… yet. Not sure if it will work well with Philip.
In comes a new kid off the street, Danario Alexander, and he looks like he can make a contribution. With Meachem sidelined with an injury, Alexander took the start and made things happen. He ran some clean routes and made some nice plays. He presented another option for Philip to throw the ball to.
He should be given another opportunity as the starter across from Malcom Floyd. Philip loves his tall targets and having a pair of 6-foot-5 guys on the outside could give him a little more comfort. Having the monster Jared Gaither at left tackle sure helps also.
Will Norv Turner make that call? The two tall guys can line up on the outside and Meachem can move down the depth chart. Meachem excelled as the 3rd or 4th option in New Orleans. Our offenses are not the same, but taking the attention away from him and having a less skilled defender on him could give him better opportunities.
Let’s see what this week against the Tampa Bay Bucs brings on offense. Who will be the starting receivers and what the rotation will look like. The Kansas City Chiefs make everyone look good. If it weren’t for the Chiefs, we would not have a win since week 2! We need to perform well against another team. Bring on Tampa!